Author: Kelly Jamieson
Series: Aces Hockey #3
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Hailed by Jami Davenport as her “go-to author for hockey romance,” the bestselling author of the Heller Brothers Hockey series sets the ice ablaze with another sexy novel featuring the gorgeous men of the Chicago Aces.
Duncan Armstrong may be an NHL star, but he’s a country boy at heart. His ultimate fantasy is going home with the Stanley Cup, not a gold-digging airhead who aspires to be a trophy wife and nothing more. Newly single and hoping to enjoy a night out with his teammates, he ends up hitting it off with a down-to-earth waitress who’s a complete breath of fresh air—until Duncan learns that she’s a part-time model. He tries to forget about her, but their sizzling chemistry has him coming back for more.
Amber is working hard to put herself through school, and has zero interest in dating a professional athlete. She’s seen firsthand how fame and fortune can mess with their heads—her father’s brilliant football career ended in a firestorm of addiction and infidelity. So Duncan’s attentions immediately have her on the defensive. Still, there’s something different about him. And once she stops trying to freeze him out, irresistible temptation turns into all-consuming passion.
Kelly Jamieson never ceases to disappoint. Every book of hers that I've read come with witty humor, seductive romance, and and enticing story. Her characters show a depth that authors strive for and her words flow as if it were effortless to write, which we all know it's not. Icing is all of those things and more. This book follows Duncan Armstrong who we met at the beginning of the series as Lovey Armstrong's brother. And quite honestly, during Major Misconduct I wasn't too fond of Duncan. He was just so doubtful of Lovey, but in Icing you get to really KNOW him. Not just the over-protective brother, but the real, sweet and incredibly sexy man that he is. On the heroine side we have Amber. She's such a strong character and the two of them together meld so incredibly well. Their basic instincts say not to trust that this is forever, but when they're together it's just so. freaking. good.
This book is warm fuzzies, but also deals with the real-world. There are real problems both relationship-esque, and personal-esque things that Amber and Duncan deal with. They both tend to have knee-jerk reactions to each other that land them in hot water, but it's a learning to deal and learning to love story. Even when Duncan is traveling they're freaking adorable together.
It's a mix of two strong-willed and capable adults thrown for a loop when emotions make it all so messy. But I could not have asked for a better book. Icing is a quick, yummy read that is a solid 5 start for enjoyment and heat. A stunning duo for the main characters and Amber's backstory gives this what could have been a typical romance book a spin that lend to the depth and development of this book. I highly recommend this series. Each book is a standalone and filled with high heat and enjoyable moments.
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson is the author of more than thirty contemporary romance novels. She’s a married mother of two who lives a very ordinary life outside of her imagination. She likes coffee (black), wine (mostly white), and shoes (high!). She also loves watching hockey.